UPDATE: Greenville Councilwoman Glover Visits People Who Filed Voter Fraud Complaints

The District 2 Greenville City Council race is heating up after accusations of voter fraud. It's a story we've been following since Friday. Three people sent letters to the Pitt County Board of Elections saying they were forced to write in the name of a candidate.

District 2 Councilwoman Rose Glover Wednesday came to the house where two of the people who filed complaints live in West Greenville. She says the family wanted to talk with her about the letters. More people arrived, including Rufus Huggins who supports Glover's challenger, Tami Locust. The family locked their doors, refusing to speak about it to our cameras. Glover, who was not named in the complaints , says she's heard members of Locust's campaign have been intimidating voters.

"I'm not going to tell anyone to do anything illegal, because I've been on the council for 12 years, so I'm very knowledgeable of what I can and cannot do as a city council person," said Glover.

"I think Miss Glover should want the truth out of this thing, as much as I do, and I think we both need to stand on the side, and let the truth come out." said Huggins.

The Board of Elections is investigating but says, they'll conduct a hearing after the November 15th election.
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New details on a story WITN broke on Friday and has been following ever since about alleged voting problems in Pitt County.

Formal complaints have now been filed alleging voter intimidation in a Greenville City Council race.

The Pitt County Board of Elections received three formal letters naming members of the Tami Locust campaign of forcing them to write in her name for the District Two Greenville City Council seat.

The verbal complaints were made last week. Dave Davis with the Board of Elections says on Monday they received written complaints, three letters from voters saying they were intimidated into writing in locust's name. Those letters have been sent to the State Board of Elections.

Davis says, Rose Glover, who's running to retain her seat, knew about the allegations and asked for an investigation. Davis says it will be up to the State Board of Elections to decide if a crime has been committed.

Locust's campaign manager, Christopher Taylor, says neither he or Ms. Locust has intimidated potential voters.

Davis told us last week he has also received other phone calls complaining about intimidation in the city council at large race. So far no formal complaints have been filed there.

Davis tells WITN the board will continue to investigate this situation and take complaints if any more are filed.

Davis says the local and state boards do not want to affect the outcome of the contest, so the local BOE will set a hearing date after
November 15th to address the matter of voter intimidation.

Witnesses will be subpoenaed and brought in for questioning by the board under the guidance of the County Attorney.

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The Pitt County Board of Elections says it has received phone calls from several voters saying they have been pressured and unduly influenced to vote for candidates they didn't want to vote for on absentee ballots, and wanted those ballots back.

Pitt County Board of Elections Director Dave Davis tells WITN the voters have named at least two individuals who helped people request absentee forms, and then returned to their homes when those ballots came in to help them fill them out.

Davis has contacted officials with the State Board of Elections who told him they will need a written complaint before they can launch an investigation and determine if there is any wrongdoing.

WITN is not releasing the names of those mentioned by the callers because a formal complaint has not been filed and we have not had a chance to talk with those individuals yet.

Davis also told us he wants to make sure if voters do have someone help them fill out a ballot that they don't allow that individual to pressure them.

WITN will continue to follow this story as it develops and let you know what happens.


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  • by Follow Thru on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    They must have stiffed them on the cigs they were promised.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    Reference absentee voting. Please read US public laws 99-409, 410 and 411. Thanks.
  • by Fed Up Location: County Home Road on Nov 2, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Frankly, I'm concerned about the female poll worker who falls asleep on the job at one of the one stop voting places. Isn't our taxpayer money paying her salary? Just sayin'....
  • by George Location: Greenville on Nov 2, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Taxpayer dollars have done much in that district lately. New police station, new elaborate park, homes rebuilt, ect. Still, nothing but bad comes out of there. It's just sickening.
  • by Non-Taker on Nov 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM
    The takers will end their handlers first when it falls.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Nov 1, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    Why are all the people running for city counsel and mayor listed as Party = nonpartisan. I can't believe most of the current members up for reelection aren't staunch democrats. How long has this been going on in Greenville?
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Oct 30, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    I'm Done with Dunn! Vote Pat Dunn out! The city is going down the drain. Crime is way out of hand and she clearly can not fix the problem. We need some good leadership in Greenville.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    To the folks responding to Lawshawnda, you do realize that the writer is being sarcastic? Right? Too funny you all are angrily responding back. Worth a laugh!
  • by democrat Location: enc on Oct 30, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    I am a registered Democrat and I am all for having to show your ID when you vote. I know in one eastern county recently, a group was going around to the housing for elderly/disabled and trying to register people to vote & giving them campaign information. Too many opportunities for fraud in my opinion.
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      by To democrat on Oct 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to democrat
      That is registering-not voting. You DO have to have ID to register!! That is exactly why they have starting to register people at the time they get their driver's license. After that, to vote, one uses that name-it can only cast one vote. For fraud to make any impact-hundreds of people would have to vote in the name of other "registered" voters. If any of those voters "showed up" and their names were already "marked off"-bells would go off immediately. If someone wanted to vote using my name-do you think I would let them? I certainly wouldn't allow someone to use my name to vote against what I wanted! Again, only 86 cases were found in the entire national election of 2004!
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        by Please on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to To democrat
        Showing ID when you register does nothing to protect you if someone goes in using your name prior to you voting yourself. Why not take out that opportunity so it cannot happen at all? Are you afraid of fair voting practices? That is what it sounds like to me. If you have to show proof to register, you already have proof, use it at the polls!!!!
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Oct 29, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    Officers are assigned as an additional duty to be the voting officer. If 10 men, for example, do not vote, the voting officer can vote for all ten who don!t show up to vote because he has 10 blank ballots. And this is probably not done, but it can happen........
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      by To Tyee on Oct 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to Tyee
      And ID's would NOT prevent that!!
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